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Public Fishing Water: Special Regulations S – Z

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In addition to general fishing regulations, statewide species regulations and Department fishing area rules, this section addresses special regulations that apply to public fishing waters. If a species or body of water is not listed, refer to statewide regulations.

Unless listed, refer to statewide regulations.

Schooler

Choctaw County

Fishing Contact: Higgins Fisheries Office (918) 297-0153.

Game Warden: Andrew Potter (580) 317-5000.

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Shell Lake

Osage County

Fishing Contact: North-Central Region Fisheries Office (580) 762-2248.

Game Warden: Paul Welch (918) 381-4099.

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Skiatook

Osage County

Fishing Contact: North-Central Region Fisheries Office (580) 762-2248. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Army Corps of Engineers (918) 396-3170.

Game Warden: Paul Welch (918) 381-4099.

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass and striped bass hybrids (does not include white bass): five per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer.

Sooner

Noble and Pawnee Counties

Fishing Contact: North-Central Region Fisheries Office (580) 762-2248. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call OG+E (405) 553-2919.

Game Warden: Lt. Doug Gottschalk (Noble) (580) 370-0700. Lt. Jamie Cole (Pawnee) (918) 645-6116.

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass: 5 per day, minimum length of 20 inches; others must be returned to the water immediately. Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel, bowfishing and noodling. No other method of fishing allowed. Fishing is prohibited from dam, fenced area below dam, and north bank of intake channel. Fishing in the buoy-marked intake channel, discharge channel and spillway embankment is bank fishing only (no float tubes or wading).

Stanley Draper

Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties

Fishing Contact: Oklahoma City Region Fisheries Office (405) 325-7288. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the City of Oklahoma City (405) 297-1426.

Game Warden: Chad Strang (Cleveland) (405) 323-7863. Mark Murray (Oklahoma) (405) 343-5489.

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round during daylight hours only. No other method of fishing allowed, including castnetting.

Taft

Muskogee County

Fishing Contact: Porter Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031.

Game Warden: Lt. Gary Wilcox (918) 625-4691.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel. No other method of fishing allowed.

Tailwaters

Statewide

Fishing Contact: Streams Program Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031.

Game Warden: Capt. Bryan Wilkerson (405) 522-0871.

First 1,000 feet below any federal or Grand River Dam Authority dam

Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person, except at Wister, where no person may fish with more than two rods and reels per person when fishing below the dam down to the power-line at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Unlawful to keep a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth) unless taken in a tailwater open to snagging (non-game fish only). Bowfishing prohibited except at Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Heyburn, Hudson, Keystone and Wister. Bowfishing is open on Thunderbird past the first 75 feet from the dam. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited, except at Hudson. Snagging prohibited, except at Fort Gibson tailwaters. Each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and license number when fishing in tailwaters, except at Wister, where each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and license number when fishing below the dam down to the power-line at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Wister tailwaters is closed to noodling from below the dam down to the power-line at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Snagging of paddlefish or any fish is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round east of I-35 and north of I-40, except the Miami City Park from the south boat ramp to the 125 Highway bridge which shall remain open.

Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters

Fishing closed year-round at Arbuckle, Fort Cobb and Foss. Fishing closed for the first 75 feet from dam at Altus-Lugert, McGee Creek, Thunderbird and Tom Steed.

Bowfishing, noodling, trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines and yo-yos are prohibited on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River from the spillway of Great Salt Plains Lake downstream to State Highway 38 Bridge.

Tenkiller

Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties

Fishing Contact: Porter Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Army Corps of Engineers (918) 487-5252.

Game Warden: Brady May (Cherokee) (918) 431-2552. Jeremy Bersche (Sequoyah) (918) 431-2550.

(Downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass: six combined per day/13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs and spears downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp: speargunning legal when used with scuba, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.

Texoma

Bryan, Johnston, Love and Marshall Counties

Fishing Contact: South-Central Region Fisheries Office (580) 924-4087. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Army Corps of Engineers (903) 465-4990.

Game Warden: Lt. Bud Cramer Jr. (Johnston) (580) 320-2950. Royce Gillham (Love) (580) 276-7193. Linda Powell (Marshall) (580) 320-2951.

Note: Some methods of fishing on the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma do not apply to the Texas portion. Check the Texas Fishing Guide for details.

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass: five combined per day/14-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids: 10 combined per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer. White bass: 25 per day/no size limit. Channel and/or blue catfish: 15 combined per day/12 inch minimum and only one blue catfish may be 30 inches or longer. All crappie: 37 combined per day/10-inch minimum. Flathead catfish: five per day/20-inch minimum. Alligator gar: from May 1 through May 31, angling for alligator gar by any method is prohibited between the State Highway 99/U.S. 377 bridge upstream to the Interstate 35 bridge. Alligator gar harvest must be reported to Wildlife Department (405) 325-7288. Texas Side: During May, no person shall fish for, take, or seek to take alligator gar in that portion of Lake Texoma encompassed within the boundaries of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge or that portion of Lake Texoma from the U.S. 377 bridge (Willis Bridge) upstream to the I.H. 35 bridge.

Thunderbird

Cleveland County

Fishing Contact: Oklahoma City Region Fisheries Office (405) 325-7288. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department (405) 360-3572.

Game Warden: Chad Strang (405) 323-7863.

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Methods: Within the Little River above Franklin Road in Cleveland County, the following methods of fishing are prohibited: bowfishing, gigs and spears, spearguns, snagging and noodling.

Upper Illinois River and Tributaries

Includes Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek

Fishing Contact: Streams Program Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031.

Game Warden: Brady May (918) 431-2552.

Daily/Size Limits: Illinois River upstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp, Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek; largemouth and smallmouth bass: six per day, only one of which may be a smallmouth bass, and all must be 14 inches or longer.

Methods: Snagging and noodling are prohibited at all times. Bowfishing, speargunning, and gigging are prohibited, except for the following methods/seasons:

Upstream from the Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to State Highway 51/U.S. 62 bridge: Gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 to March 1. Speargunning is permitted from Dec. 1 to March 31. Bowfishing is permitted from June 1 to March 31 in the Upper Illinois River only.

Upstream from State Highway 51/U.S. 62 bridge: Gigging, bowfishing and speargunning are permitted from Dec. 1 to March 31.

Possession or use of cast nets prohibited.

Upper Poteau River and Fourche Maline River and Tributaries

Le Flore County

Fishing Contact: Streams Program Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031.

Game Warden: Thomas Gillham (918) 429-3910.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs, spears and spearguns.

Vanderwork

Washita County

Fishing Contact: Southwest Region Fisheries Office (580) 529-2795.

Game Warden: Josey Branch (580) 515-4484.

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Vincent

Ellis County

Fishing Contact: Northwest Region Fisheries Office (580) 474-2663.

Game Warden: Orlando Martinez Jr. (580) 334-0480.

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Vinita (Bull)

Craig County

Fishing Contact: Northeast Region Fisheries Office (918) 542-9422.

Game Warden: Austin Jackson (918) 244-2035.

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth bass: six per day, of which only one may be longer than 16 inches.

Watonga

Blaine County

Fishing Contact: Northwest Region Fisheries Office (580) 474-2663.

Game Warden: Lt. Mark Walker
(580) 623-0206.

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For additional information, see Trout Regulations.

Webbers Falls

Muskogee County

Fishing Contact: Porter Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Army Corps of Engineers (918) 487-5252.

Game Warden: Lark Wilson (918) 625- 4873.

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/16-inch minimum.

W.D. Mayo

Le Flore and Sequoyah Counties

Fishing Contact: Porter Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call the Army Corps of Engineers (918) 775-4475.

Game Warden: Thomas Gillham (Le Flore) (918) 429-3910. Jerry Henry (Sequoyah) (918) 431-2544.

(Includes oxbows, cutoffs, and below dam to state line)

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/16-inch minimum.

Wichita Mountains WR

Comanche County

Fishing Contact: Southwest Region Fisheries Office (580) 529-2795. For lake access information, including fees and facilities, please call Wichita Mountains NWR (580) 429-3222.

Game Warden: Lt. Mike Carrol (580) 695-7535.

Daily/Size Limits: No length limit on largemouth or smallmouth bass. Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.